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Service delivery and state-building: the 46.7 billion dollar question

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31 October 2012
Service delivery and state-building: the 46.7 billion dollar question

This month, the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) explores the evidence on social protection and basic services in conflict-affected situations, drawing on research carried out during the Consortium’s inception year.

Three outputs are now available:

The full Working Paper – "Social Protection and Basic Services in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations" – reviews the evidence on social protection and basic services (health, education, water). The paper seeks to establish what we do and do not know about provision, delivery and access, draw out lessons and common themes, and identify areas for potential future research. 

The Working Paper is accompanied by a 4 page Briefing Paper – "Social protection and basic services in conflict-affected situations: what do we know?" – which summarises the main findings of the review.

And finally, in an ODI blog post – “Service delivery and state-building: the 46.7 billion dollar question?”– SLRC’s Research Director, Rachel Slater, alongside Samuel Carpenter, questions the frequently asserted but rarely evidenced claim that improved service delivery in conflict-affected situations leads to positive state-building outcomes.

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